Monday, March 27, 2017

Unnecessary light on a field

My colleague Andrej Mohar recently shared this image with me:

This work by Andrej Mohar is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

The photo shows the light spread from single 20W 4000K LED that was recently installed. The lamp itself is designed to have no direct upward emissions (which is good), but much of the light is shining into an area which doesn't need to be illuminated (which is very bad), and even the area that is intended to be illuminated happens to be a region of very low traffic. It is so out of character for the region it is installed in, that at least two people in the nearby village have already officially complained about it.

In these sorts of cases, it doesn't matter how efficiently the lamp converts electricity into visible light. The light itself is unnecessary, so it is an inefficient use of electrical resources.

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